Check out these handy fashion hacks – including how to look after and store your flip-flops.
Check out these handy fashion hacks – including how to look after and store your flip-flops.
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Ten easy hacks to solve any fashion problem

Raphael Knecht
Zurich, on 11.05.2020
Translation: Eva Francis
Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams? These tips and tricks will help you store just as many clothes but use less space and keep your wardrobe tidy. Read on to find simple hacks for everyday fashion problems.

You have jeans in all possible shades of blue, your shoes are piling up to the ceiling and your wardrobe is crammed with fashion accessories, but there are still items out there you absolutely need to have? If you think all you can do is donate or throw away things to make space for new buys, you’re wrong. Clever fashion hacks help you organise your clothing collection, use less space and solve everyday fashion problems with ease.

Cans of Coke for your coats

Coke tastes best from a can – that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. You don’t like this dark soft drink, but enjoy other canned drinks? Then remember to remove the pull tab – yes, that’s what the little metal bit on the lid is called – before you throw away the can. Slide the tab over the hook of a coat hanger and attach a second hanger to it. You’ve just created a second row of hangers in your wardrobe. Easy, right?

So simple and yet so good: a metal tab creates space to hang twice as many items in your wardrobe. Picture source: Stylebook
So simple and yet so good: a metal tab creates space to hang twice as many items in your wardrobe. Picture source: Stylebook

Rubber bands stop your clothes from falling

The second trick also has to do with coat hangers. If you have hangers without notches or stoppers at the ends, finding your clothes all crumpled up at the bottom of your wardrobe is probably not new to you. You can iron out this design flaw yourself – without needing a drill, saw or DIY skills. Simply take two rubber bands and wrap them around the ends of your coat hangers. Your clothes will never fall off their hangers again.

Wrap two rubber bands around the ends of the hanger and your clothes will stay in place. Picture source: Pinterest/WIE EINFACH!
Wrap two rubber bands around the ends of the hanger and your clothes will stay in place. Picture source: Pinterest/WIE EINFACH!

Your sandals and flip-flops also like to hang out

Don't have enough space in your shoe cabinet? Don't want to stack your sandals, flip-flops and other shoes on top of each other? Again, a coat hanger is the solution. All you need is a simple version, a hanger made of a single wire. Cut off the lower part with a pair of pliers and bend the two side parts upwards. Twist the ends into a spiral so you don’t injure yourself. If you want, you can colour the hangers to match the design of your wardrobe. That’s all it takes to create handy hangers for flip-flops, sandals and other flat shoes.

Metal coat hangers are easy to turn into flip-flop hangers.
Metal coat hangers are easy to turn into flip-flop hangers.

Baby oil keeps your flip-flops new

Wouldn’t it be amazing to walk barefoot on the beach again soon? If not barefoot, then at least in stylish flip-flops. If you want to make sure your flip-flops last for more than two seasons and don’t go brittle, baby oil is what you need. Rub baby oil onto your beach slippers and they won’t dry out and break as quickly. A few drops of oil after every walk on the beach will do the job.

Cap after cap; scarf after scarf

This hack also involves a clothes hanger – and it won’t be the last one, that’s for sure. Own many caps or scarfs? Then this one’s for you. Take a coat hanger, attach shower curtain rings to it and hang your caps or scarfs onto the rings. With your head and neck accessories now hanging in the wardrobe, you’ve created space to store other accessories where the caps and scarfs were.

A tidy row of caps – works just as well for scarfs. Picture source: Lifehacker
A tidy row of caps – works just as well for scarfs. Picture source: Lifehacker

No more embarrassing insights

The zipper on your favourite pair of jeans keeps sliding down, although the pants fit you perfectly? What kind of sorcery is this? There’s a simple reason: the zipper is loose or worn out because you've used it a lot and it has tumbled around in your washing machine for hours and hours. But this doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favourite pair of jeans. All you need to repair the zipper is a key ring. Thread the key ring through the zipper slider, pull it up and hook the ring to the trouser button. Your zipper will stay closed and nobody will see your MacGyver trick.

The zipper looks like new. Picture source: Instructables
The zipper looks like new. Picture source: Instructables

Unshrinking your clothing

Your ugly Christmas sweater didn't survive the 40-degree wash and you can’t squeeze into it any more? It's probably not because you ate too much. Well, I hope not. If you did, the next hack won’t work. If your clothes have shrunk because you washed them too hot, there’s no need to despair. Simply soak them in ice water for a few minutes, add a cup of hair conditioner and they will return to their usual size.

Give your shoes a second chance

Your beloved leather shoes don’t shine like they used to? This might be a good sign, as it shows that you like them and wear them a lot, but the bad news is they just don’t look good any more. Put a few drops of glass cleaner on a rag or a kitchen towel and wipe your shoes clean. If they’re very dirty, repeat this until your leather shoes shine again.

Glass cleaner revives your old leather shoes. Picture source: kleiderschrank
Glass cleaner revives your old leather shoes. Picture source: kleiderschrank

Keeping your dark clothes dark

Dark items don’t look as good once their colour has faded. But that’s exactly what happens after you’ve washed them many times – even if you’re using special laundry detergent for dark colours. To keep your clothes from fading or bleaching prematurely, add a few ivy leaves to the washing – either place them directly into the machine or put them in a sock. Ivy contains saponins and other plant substances that help laundry retain its dark colour.

Add ivy to dark clothes and their colour won’t fade as quickly. Picture source: vorsicht gesund
Add ivy to dark clothes and their colour won’t fade as quickly. Picture source: vorsicht gesund

No more deodorant stains

Ivy and special laundry detergent have made sure your little black dress is clean and has an intense colour, but shortly before you leave your home to go to a party, you discover white deodorant stains under your armpits? Your evening is ruined! No, it isn’t. Take a wet wipe and wipe away the mishap in no time. But you have to act quickly. The longer the stains dry up, the harder it is to get rid of them.

Deodorant stains don’t look good, but are easy to remove. Picture source: Stylebook
Deodorant stains don’t look good, but are easy to remove. Picture source: Stylebook

Know of any other hacks that create space in your wardrobe, help keep your fashion items tidy or save time? Thanks for letting me know by commenting below.

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Raphael Knecht
Raphael Knecht
Senior Editor, Zurich
When I'm not stuffing my face with sweets, you'll catch me running around in the gym hall. I’m a passionate floorball player and coach. On rainy days, I tinker with my homebuilt PCs, robots or other gadgets. Music is always my trusted companion. I also enjoy tackling hilly terrain on my road bike and criss-crossing the country on my cross-country skis.

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